“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
One of the major desires in our ministry is to show students the meaning of a Kingdom life. What does it mean for a high school student or for a middle school student to live a life advancing and living in the Kingdom of God? This is a deep and multi faceted question and you could fill the pages of numerous books with the different ideas and examples of how this is done. For our ministry one of the most essential ways we attempt to teach this and live the Kingdom out is through the act of service.
I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of students at a local High School’s leadership retreat. I spoke from the twentieth chapter of Matthew and specifically from verses twenty-five through twenty-eight. What a deeply profound and foreign concept of leadership and personal worth! Jesus is calling us as believers to be a people who are known not by the amount of power we can obtain through coercion and domination but through our capacity to give ourselves completely away through service! That’s incredible!
You do not have to be gifted, talented, wealthy, high class, low class, a specific race, ethnicity, or age to serve. All you have to do is be willing to pour yourself out in the same way the Christ did for us. God’s calling and exemplification of serving are so fundamental to our faith that if we took it out of scripture, we’d be left with blank pages and a front and back cover.
So how do we respond to such a life changing truth? We serve. We find ways, everyday, to place the needs of our friends, family, and yes especially our enemies above ours. Another way we live this out is by asking ourselves a few simple questions: Where is there need? What can I do?
I promise this. If you in your life, everyday, spend time asking yourself those two questions, without even realizing it you will be knee deep in the Kingdom of God and our beautiful Savior’s holy work on our earth!
by Jay Smith
Coordinator of High School Ministries
Church of the Servant
Loving God, Loving Neighbor